Swap-bot Time: November 28, 2023 10:47 am


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Last Online: April 29, 2018
Birthday: May 23
Country: United States
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About Me


NOTE: @twistersmom is my sister who lives here with me. She has been cleared by admin to use the same exact address as mine. thank you!

Here it is heat of summer here in Vermont, which can be pretty uncomfortable for me an old Vermonter whose blood must be pretty thick from all the long cold winters!

So, for me it's quite a bit of time in my studio! I've been doing some pocket letters and atcs, but the most fun for me now are books - books made from decks of cards, handmade books, altered books and all manner of journal books.

The Love of Crafting

Crafting is an important part of my life. I find that my true joy is in creating what I'm inspired to create so signing up for swaps far in advance for things that can't be made until partners are assigned is not what I'm best suited to right now.

I want to create from my heart rather than a strict set of guidelines and regulations, which I think means my partner gets the best of me, the part of me that is connected to my subject and my craft. I prefer general guidelines over anything too specific so those are the swaps I'll be joining and hosting.

Favorite Crafts

My favorite crafts to swap include:

Dotees, quilties and sewn patches

Goddess, art and spirit dolls

Pocket letters and atcs

Handmade Books - Altered Books - Journals

About Swapping

I have a rather general profile. That's because although I want people to know about me, I don't want to stick myself in a rut when it comes to experiencing life which includes swapping.

I want the people who send to me to feel safe and confidant that whatever they do for me, it will be, ‘good enough’. All this requires is that a person makes their best effort. And, if they haven’t made their best effort that remains with them because I don’t feel qualified to judge another’s truth or reality.

Celebrating Mandy

Mandy is my daughter. She died on June 8th in the year 2010. She was thirty-five years old. I have been on a journey of grief and healing every since.

The first year after her death almost killed me.

The second I worked on some scrapbooks and started a spiritual art journal that may have saved me.

It's been more than six years now and it seems that I may have found my 'new normal'. It's different than before Mandy died. I'm different. I've learned things on a heart and soul level that I would not have learned any other way.

I've come to the time in my grief that I am able to begin celebrating her life. I do that in many ways. I carry her essence in my heart and love to express it through art and deeds alike.

I carry within the sorrow of her death, but also, I carry within the glow of her light.

Mandy did love snowmen. She wrote in her journal:

"They come to life all fluffy and beautiful during a cold, dark time of year, then they melt away at a warm sunny time of year. They are here when needed most." Mandy Foster 2009

And so I do love and collect snowmen in celebration of her life.

One Other Thing

I am pagan, but absolutely not anti anything else. I'm calm and open minded. The path of the Goddess speaks the most truth to my heart, but I'm deeply respectful of anything that speaks truth to the hearts of others.


I make journals of all kinds, quilties, patches and beaded art dolls. I also dabble in mixed media. I use a variety of things in my projects!

Fabric 6x6 or larger

Beads, prefer glass

Charms any theme

Scraps ribbon lace or Buttons

Samples of washi tape

Playing cards - any amount

Anything snowman including old greeting cards

Ephemera in the following themes:

Pages and images from books and magazines


Vintage ladies

Wild cats

Mother or Motherhood

Goddess - Fairies - Mystical - Pagan

Butterflies frogs dolphins Red Hat

Owls spiders

Quotes and Sayings

Cancelled postage stamps

Images of older Hag-like women

Napkins for Mod Podging - all themes

Embroidery threads, floss, beading thread

Broken or otherwise unwanted jewelry


LadyCyr rated for Priv. Hag and LadyCry on Sep 28, 2017
Comment: Omg I love love love it is amazing!!! It is perfect I send through the whole thing and can't wait to add other wonderful happy thoughts to it :) I loved ever page pocket tag and discovery my fave journal swap so far thank you soooooooooo much you rock and I'm lucky! Deginately think I'll do paper bag journal swaps again in the future :)
Response: Oh thank you so much. I hope you do more paper bag swaps, I love making books/journals of all kinds, these bag books are a real favorite of mine!
BennysMumma rated for It's a Teesha Rainbow ~ ORANGE on Apr 25, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the orange patches :)
georgiafae rated for Junk Journal for Beginners on Mar 31, 2017
Comment: Oh Betsy-I love this journal. Such a variety of items used-especially liked all the ways you used paint swatch cards! I could tell this wasn't your first journal-you did a wonderful job and I really appreciate the work that went into this for me!
SunTradeToo rated for March Dotee doll on Mar 30, 2017
Comment: I absolutely love her! Thank you ❤¸♥♪♫*¨*•.¸¸❤
BennysMumma rated for It's a Teesha Rainbow ~ RED on Mar 30, 2017
Comment: Thank you :)
TwistersMom rated for Spirit / Goddess Dolls on Mar 23, 2017
Comment: Love love love it! over the top on this one! double hearts for you! thanks
Jsereg001 rated for Send Useful Things on Mar 11, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the great items!!! I loved everything!! There are so many awesome things here and I had so much fun looking through this package!! Thanks for reading my profile and sending things that match my likes perfectly!! :)
Comment: Wow very nice!!! Oh Betsy, I am loving all the pretty papers you used and the stamps with the pretty Santa Claus towards the back, I was so happy with this wonderful journal you made!!! Thank you what a great job you did on it!!! Beautiful!!!!!! Thanks so very much!!!!
lynnerfb rated for secret goddess sister swap on Feb 25, 2017
Comment: I love every thing! the book you made is a treasure .thank you
JudalineZ rated for DFE - A is for * Dotee on Feb 15, 2017
Comment: so cute!
Comment: Really cute I want to make more for some gifts next year Thank You very much
Comment: This is gorgeous!!! Thanks so much, I love it. Jennifer
LowRain rated for Handmade Gift Swap on Nov 26, 2016
Comment: I too love making journals...LOVE it. Thank you very very much!
Comment: Thanks so much ~ I really love it! And thats something I can hang up on the wall and leave up all year.
Comment: Your card inspired me to save your gift until December 6, the feasta for Santa Nickolas, who is my family's patron. Thank you for both
Comment: love this patch! love the animals on it! thanks! my tree skirt is going to be great!!! thank you!!
Pandd rated for CQ: Winter/Christmas Dotee on Nov 20, 2016
Comment: Cutest dotees ever! Thank you for the cute little dotee ornaments. They will be on my tree in a few days. Pat💕💕
Comment: Thanks for the pretty package! It's going into my stocking for Yule!
Comment: You made this swapper very happy! Thank you!
Comment: What a beautiful booklet you made for me! I absolutely love it. Very appropriate too...I'm a medical student and I oftentimes need uplifting words. Couldn't have come at a better time as I have exams again on Monday. Thank you so much, I will admire this lovely piece of artwork often!

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CurlyTea on May 23, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

CurlyTea on May 23, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

njstauter on Feb 6, 2018:

Be the love you seek in the world

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anrtist on Nov 8, 2016:

There are so many negative things on TV & everywhere you turn,.. esp on this election day!
I want to share this with you lovely ladies today!!!

Blessings, cc

bjmonroe on Oct 30, 2016:

Paige1900 on Oct 15, 2016:

Just popping by to say hi!

OrigamiGrace on Oct 6, 2016:


From CPG!

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